Saturday, July 9

Diafra Sakho: he leaves when he wants?

Seems like Diafra Sakho could be on his way. Several papers claim that he has handed in a transfer request and he's not on West Ham's pre-season tour of the United States. Sunderland and West Brom are said to be interested. 

Diafra clearly had problems last season, being arrested (but subsequently not charged) in August. In January he crashed his Lamborghini into another car and then the garden wall of a West Ham fan in Hornchurch, while there were press reports of a row with Slaven Bilic after being dropped against Arsenal in April and then a sweary Snapchat post. 

Which is a shame, as if he stayed and applied himself he has the ability to become the best striker at the club. He scored a very respectable ten league goals in 23 appearances in his first season and looked a great buy at £3.5m, but dropped to five goals in 20 games last season. He missed a couple of good chances in the vital last game at Stoke and seemingly wants to move on, with the Sun claiming that he is unhappy on £27k a week. 

Meanwhile there's also rumours that the club are trying to sell Enner Valencia to Lyon. If Enner and Sakho do go then my worry is that we might end up with only Andy Carroll up front again if we fail to sign Bacca, or any of the other upgrade strikers West Ham are rumoured to be after. Might have to get Carlton Cole back if that happens…

3 comments:

Thomas Moss said...

I think Carlton Cole is a bit too pessimistic really!! we scored a lot of goals from the midfield we need a 20 goal + striker to kick on to the next level

matt said...

If we don't sign "Chew" Bacca, wonder if there's any chance of reuniting the old Hammers dream team of Mido and Benni McCarthy? The fans want us to sign big names, and there's nobody bigger than those two...

Pete May said...

Absolutely massive stars Matt...